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Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 review

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Advent Vega Tegra Note 7

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Pros

  • Useful power saving tools
  • Tegra 4 is great for gaming
  • Accurate and responsive stylus

Cons

  • Worrying flex in the design
  • Average screen quality
  • Poor front-facing camera

Key Features

  • 7-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS display
  • 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor
  • 5-megapixel main camera with HDR mode
  • Stylus with DirectStylus technology
  • MicroSD card support
  • Manufacturer: Advent
  • Review Price: £99.99

What is the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7?

The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is a 7-inch Android tablet that joins the Nexus 7 2, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 as another affordable alternative to the iPad mini 2 Retina. It's born of a partnership between PC World and chip maker Nvidia, which is why it uses both the Advent branding from PC World and the Tegra name of Nvidia's mobile chip. Nvidia is no stranger to venturing beyond the realms of its graphics chip expertise as the Shield games console shows, but the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is still an unusual move and is the only sub-£200 tablet we know of that comes with a stylus.

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Advent Vega Tegra Note 7: Design

The tablet-making business is not new territory for Nvidia. Its Tegra 3 quad-core processor powered the original Nexus 7 and its newer Tegra 4 CPU can be found inside Android tablets like the Asus Transformer Pad TF701T. But this is the first time the company is taking a more active role in the design of the hardware and the software running on it to show there is more to Tegra 4 than smoother gaming and a zippier overall performance.

It’s easy to see where the Note 7 gets its design inspiration. It has a physical stature that makes it feel like a halfway house between the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 7 2. The black bezel around the 7-inch screen is thicker than the one on the newer Nexus and the decision to include dual front-facing stereo speakers at the top and bottom of the screen actually makes it around the same height. It's slightly thicker (10.45mm vs 9.6mm) and slightly heavier (320g vs 290g) than the Nexus 7 2, but not so much that it really matters.

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It looks quite different from the back, however. Along with the 5-megapixel main camera sensor there’s a dimpled soft touch plastic in the centre flanked by harder black plastic. While it’s not as slick-looking as the Nexus 7 2, it's very comfortable to hold and is actually very accommodating for single or two-handed use. While the 7-inch tablet designs on the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and the Tesco Hudl promote landscape use over portrait, the Note 7 works well in both positions.

This feeds into the layout of key ports as well. On the top edge you’ll find micro USB charging port, micro HDMI, headphone jack and on/off button; on the right edge you’ll find a Micro SD card slot and the volume rocker just below. The stylus is hidden away in a Galaxy Note-like compartment in the bottom corner so there’s less chance of losing it. They're all neatly positioned so that they don't interfere when you don't want them to.

Overall the Tegra Note 7 is a nice-looking tablet, but there's still one or two signs of its budget nature all the same. The back has a worrying creakiness to it and the micro SD card slot looks a bit untidy left exposed and is easy to run a finger against it when reaching for the volume rocker. These are relatively minor issues, though.

Advent Vega Tegra Note 7: Screen

Of greater import is the screen. The Note 7 features a 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display matching the screen specs of the original Nexus 7, but lagging behind the 1,920 x 1,200 resolution on the Nexus 7 2. The 216ppi pixel density means it's lacking in the clarity department in comparison to the new Nexus (323 ppi)

If this was a tablet launched a year ago, we’d be more forgiving of a screen of this quality. It’s not terrible but the truth is, it pales in comparison to the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Nexus 7 2 both of which prove you can deliver an exceptionally sharp and vibrant display on a cheap tablet.

Text is far from crisp, colours in videos often look pale and washed out and white have a slightly warm, yellowish hue. You have the option to adjust the Colour Correction preset in Display settings from sRGB to Native to produce more consistent colours, but it’s very difficult to see a difference when you switch between the two.

It’s not the brightest 7-inch screen we’ve laid seen, either. It’s a little reflective to use outdoors and you can begin to notice the visible lines that comprise the capacitive touch system. This all combines to make the Tegra Note 7's screen a shade disappointing given it costs about the same as the Nexus 7 2, so it needs to impress in other areas to make up for it.

Advent Vega Tegra Note 7: Sound

As noted above, the Note 7 is unusual for having two forward firing stereo speakers. The Kindle Fire HDX 7 and HDX 8.9 have set the standard for tablet speaker quality and while the Note 7’s speakers are loud and bassy, it lacks the same level of clarity and directional sound qualities of the Amazon tablets. It’s more than suitable for gaming and video viewing, however, and is definitely among the better Android tablets out there.

tanv

December 16, 2013, 12:12 pm

Very helpful review, thanks.
Would you be able to find out where we can purchase the slide cover. It is not included in the box. I cannot seem to find anywhere that sells it. Currys do not stock it and there is no mention of places to buy it on the nvidia or advent website.

It would be really helpful if you could perhaps ask them about it.

Keep up the excellent work.

nicole

December 19, 2013, 8:41 pm

have you tried checking amazon or ebay they might have what your looking for

tanv

December 20, 2013, 10:53 am

Tried those sites. I've tried generally googling and even the various manufacturer sites to no avail! Seems as though the only place to get hold of one is to purchase from newegg.com in America but even hey seem to have limited stock! I did ask in Currys but they know nothing about the sliced cover and said they do not plan on stocking it, which is a shame.

katherine gleeson

January 10, 2014, 8:59 am

Ive been looking for one too :) and a doggie for it.

slik101

January 23, 2014, 6:08 am

What do you mean by "It’s a little reflective to use outdoors and you can begin to notice the visible lines that comprise the capacitive touch system"? The note 7 i just got has lines that resemble a sheet of college rule paper embedded on the screen even while its off. I hope thats not normal

Oflife

February 7, 2014, 1:02 pm

There is no Note 7! (I have the 3 and 8.)

pastiebasher

February 10, 2014, 10:35 pm

can it be connected to a tv ?

roofles

February 21, 2014, 5:48 pm

No pressure sensitivity for the included stylus? What's the point if it's like any other tablet that you could just buy a nubby stylus for? What a waste.

Rob Coe

February 25, 2014, 10:49 pm

@ pastiebasher - yes, use the mini HDMI socket.

This review could do with an update - NVIDIA have now sent out OTA upgrades for both Android 4.3 and (last week) 4.4.2 (Kit Kat).

Not necessarily night-and-day differences but does show an on-going commitment from the manufacturer.

The Slide Cover is shown on PC World/Currys website, although haven't got one myself yet.

Price up to £140 now but compared it to several competing tablets before purchase - in no way disappointed.

Apparently an LTE version is on the horizon, with a Tegra K1 version also in the pipeline (mooted to have 2GB RAM and a higher-res screen).

Looks like NVIDIA are getting very serious about the tablet market!

jay

March 1, 2014, 12:03 pm

it does have a special inbuilt system to make the capacative stylus sensitive, its own invented system

André

March 9, 2014, 12:28 am

Where can it be found by £99?

Death89

May 21, 2014, 10:37 am

PC World right now! I missed it before xmas and wasn't missing out this time. Ordered today.

Martin

June 13, 2014, 5:33 pm

Bought one last week as my Nexus 7 (2012) has a broken USB port till I fix it. Love it, love it, love it.
For 99 quid , this is amazing . Read a few reviews beforehand, cheap build .- rubbish! lack lustre display - rubbish. Buy 5 , cheaper than an IPad - fantastic product

DCW

June 29, 2014, 5:10 pm

Well there is the Tegra note 7.

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